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Symptoms, causes, and treatments for Bladder Infections

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Bladder Infection

Symptoms of a Bladder Infection

A bladder infection is a specific type of urinary tract infection (UTI). Both infections share similar symptoms:

  • Abdomen pressure and/or pain
  • Burning while urinating
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Fever
  • Frequent need to urinate, but little comes out

Causes of a Bladder Infection

Bladder infections occur when bacteria enter your urinary tract. If you get bacteria from your colon into your urethra (for example, due to back-to-front wiping), you may contract a bladder infection. Women are at greater risk of contracting both bladder infections and UTIs due to having shorter urethras.

Should I Be Worried?

Bladder infections and UTIs are common and they won’t clear up on their own without medication. Schedule a ZOOM+Care visit if you’re experiencing any bladder infection symptoms and a doctor will figure out what’s going on.

Certain medical conditions increase your risk of infection, including an enlarged prostate, a narrow urethra, and diabetes.

In men, age can be a factor. Over time the prostate gets bigger, which slows the flow of urine and increases risk of bladder infection.

Schedule a bladder infection visit online or from our iOS app today.

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Bladder Infection Prevention Tips

Consider these tips to help prevent bladder infections:

  • Stay hydrated. Frequent urination flushes any bacteria hanging out in your urinary tract, which can otherwise travel up your bladder.
  • Follow the "front to back" rule. Improper wiping is a major cause of bacteria entering your bladder.
  • Go easy on the toiletries. Some soaps, powders, and hygiene sprays can agitate your urinary tract and encourage bacterial infections.